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Grateful Dead Live at Nassau Coliseum on 1979-10-31


d1t01-China Cat Sunflower >>
d1t02-I Know You Rider
d1t06-Me & My Uncle >>
d1t07-Big River
d1t08-"Step Back"
d1t10-Lost Sailor >>
d1t11-Saint of Circumstance


d2t02-Shakedown Street
d2t04-Ramble on Rose
d2t05-Estimated Prophet >>
d2t06-Eyes of the World >>
d2t07-Jam >>
d3t01-Drums >> (*)
d3t02-Space >> (*)
d3t03-Wharf Rat >> (SBD/AUD patch) (*)(+)
d3t04-Truckin' (+)


d3t05-Johnny B. Goode (+)

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Nassau Coliseum
Location Uniondale, NY

Source Bertha Remaster of a combination of soundboard and audience sources see info file
Lineage See info file
Transferred by Jay Ashley



Digitally remastered using a custom built, Dual-DAW, nicknamed Bertha, by on April 3, 2003.

The first sounds like it was from a different source than the second set. The channels were reversed on the first set, as well. The channels were corrected prior to processing.

Because of the difference in sound quality between the first and second sets, they were processed separately. The objective, as well as improving the sonic quality, was to match the sound from set to set, as close as possible.

The last 20 minutes of the show is patched from a Soundboard/Audience source and was also processed separately.

The patches on d1t01 and d3t03 were done by others prior to receiving the show.

From Charlie's original text file:

(+)MAC w/ Nak 700's>Sony TC-158>DAT>CD-R

Original source supplied by:


Reviewer: Donna_Sucked and We All Know It - - October 31, 2013
Subject: Another Idiot
"all smacked" up..what a complete idiot...these kids who never saw the Dead and know nothing, they just listen to recordings. Ignore all of them. They are very stupid.

I was at this show and 15 others in 1979 they were al great. especially the fall shows. check this out and the next night also which has a great Scarlet>Fire.
Reviewer: njpg - - October 31, 2011
Subject: Good show,
not great.
Reviewer: JackStraw77 - - December 22, 2009
Subject: All Hallow's Eve
Definitely a good show. Jerry's voice is pretty shaky at times and his playing is off on occasion. Maybe he's a little too smacked up, I dunno. It's still a solid show with good energy.
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - - January 25, 2009
Subject: "What's The Difference..."
"Between a frog?"

If you don't follow Weir's weird joke then listen to the first 7 songs and maybe, like me, you'll figure it out. If you do, please tell me.

The playing is off and on, and, at times, rather loosey goosey. It seems as if the band was distracted -- and maybe they were. They kept pleading with the audience to move back. The stage mashers were not only crushing one another but their gyrations were pulling plugs and you can definitely hear instances when the audience down in front was stepping upon and disturbing the electrical connections. It's hard for me to picture this venue, but why were electrical cables so close to the stage and so vulnerable?

Nonetheless, this remaster of a somewhat over-driven SBD interspersed with some AUD patches, is a delightful piece of work. As a result of Ashley's considerable expenditure of time and sweat the sound is remarkably clean and frank.

Finally, finishing set one with Sailor>Saint the band is riding in tandem and the whole affair starts to resound.

Perhaps, during the break, atmospheric conditions changed within the hall and when the band re-staged whoever it was mixing sound was so preoccupied with re-adjusting front of house levels that they forgot to check the levels of the cassette recorder upon which this show was taped. Hence, the bass and kick are just way too much for the strict audiophile. Picture the needles on the VU meter flooding right into the red. But, for we amateurs, it sounds pretty good -- especially if you just, pardon me for saying, use EQ on your playback system.

The entire second set is inspired utterance. Shakedown is juicy and spicy so much so that it leaves you licking your chops for more and despite inherent audio problems the band does not let you down. The AUD splice on the last portion of the set is unfortunate but not too much of an abrupt departure -- just turn up the volume on your system and you'll weather it intact.

Thanks Jay Ashley for another wonderful offering and thank you Archives for allowing Jay to present his remasters.

This show doesn't really merit a 5 star rating because of it's sloppy and dispirited performing in the first set but I am awarding it 5 because of its overall merit. -- And it just sounds sooo
Reviewer: jakester76 - - March 31, 2008
I thought it sounded grate from start to finish. I feel honored to be the first one to review this fine gem of a show!!
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Source: Master Audience Recorded By Seremetcc, Transfer By Keo; Nakamichi CM100/CP4 Shotguns > Marantz PMD-430, Tapes:Denon HD8 100's; Recorded By The Soundboard; Transfer With Nakamichi MR-1 > Korg MR-1000 @ 1 Bit/5.6 MHz; Tracking/Sample Rate Conversion/Flacked With AudioGate V.3.02 To 24/96 kHz; Metadata Tagging With Tag&Rename
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Source: DTS-Audio-CD 5.1 Mix; SBD (shnid=96167) SBD -> Cassette Master (Nakamichi 550/Maxell XLII-S90); Transfer Info; Cassette Master (Nakamichi DR-1) -> Sound Devices 744T (24bit/96k) -> Adobe Audition v1.5 -> Samplitude Professional v10.1 -> r8brain PRO v1.5 -> FLAC/16; and AUD (shn id 89483) Sennheiser MD-441's > patched thru 2 tapedecks > Marantz PMD-340 > Sony UCX-S 90's, Dolby on. Mics on 8-foot stand, just behind the Sbd.
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Source: Master Audience Recorded By Mr. Darby; SennheiserMD421's (PAS/DFC/front Row Of Balcony/6 Feet High)> Sony TC-D5M, Tapes Maxell XLII-S Set 1, Maxell MX Set 2; Transfer Information:Tascam 112 MKII (XLR Out)>Tascam HD-P2 @ 24/48> HDD>Amadeus Pro (Tracking/Fades/FLAC8); Tracks Renamed/Dithered/Flacked With Korg Aqua To 16/44 By Keo; SBE's Checked/Fixed With Trader's Little Helper; Metadata Tagging With Tag&Rename By Keo
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